The media contradiction

1.) We form our opinions about by watching media that make money by commanding attention.

2.) Media commands attention by telling stories about the novel and shocking, and therefore about events and persons outside the norm. Man bites dog, etc.

3.) We treat persons in stories as if they were typical or revelatory (man biting a dog must make some sort of sense, falling under some general rule, right?) This tendency is exacerbated by the repetition of similar novel stories (If you hear about men biting dogs all day, who wouldn’t imagine he saw a trend?)

 

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